Prof. Dr. Lauriane Chomaz

Physikalisches Institut
Universität Heidelberg
Im Neuenheimer Feld 226
69120  Heidelberg, Germany
Phone:    +49-(0)6221-54-19496
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I am a quantum physicist, born and raised in France. Concerning my higher education, I was an engineer student at Ecole Polytechnique. I then did my PhD at Ecole Normale Supérieure de Paris under the supervision of Jean Dalibard. We experimentally studied the exotic dynamics and thermodynamics of two-dimensional quantum gases, including their superfluid behavior related to the Beresinskii Kosterlitz Thouless mechanism, the transverse condensation phenomenon and the related Kibble Zurek dynamics occurring in gases uniformly trapped in two dimensions. In 2015, I join the dipolar quantum gas group led by Francesca Ferlaino in Innsbruck for an extended postdoctoral stay until the end of 2020. Our team unveiled novel quantum states of dipolar systems, including quantum droplets, roton excitations, and supersolid. In February 2021, I join the Physikalisches Institut of the University of Heidelberg and start my own group exploring the physics of "Quantum Fluids". Besides physics, I am an outdoor enthusiast with a strong penchant for rock climbing.
Academic Positions
02/2021 - present
Tenure-Track Professor, Physikalische Institut, University of Heidelberg, in association to the Excellence Cluster Structures(Germany).
04/2015 - 12/2020
Post-doctoral fellow in the Dipolar-Quantum-Gas group led by Prof. Ferlaino, including times as Marie Curie Fellow of European Horizon 2020 Program and as Elise Richter Fellow of the Austrian Science Fund. Institute for Experimental Physics, University of Innsbruck & Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information of the Austria Academy of Sciences, Innsbruck (Austria).
01/2014 - 04/2015
Research Assistant in the group of Prof. Jean Dalibard, Chair on “Atoms and Radiation”, Collège de France, Paris (France).
01/2011 - 10/2014
PhD student at Ecole Normale Supérieure, under the supervision of Prof. Jean Dalibard, Kastler Brossel Laboratory, Paris (France). Subject: Coherence and superfluidity of Bose gases in reduced dimensions: from harmonic traps to uniform fluids.
Honors and Awards (since 2010)
ERC Starting Grant, Horizon Europe program of the European Union.
Tenure-Track Professor position from the Physikalisches Institut, Heidelberg University and Excellence Cluster Structures (Germany).
Elise Richter Individual Fellowship from the Austrian Science Fund (Austria).
Early Career Award of the New Journal of Physics, Institute of Physics (IOP), in collaboration with the German Physical Society (DPG), London (United Kingdom).
Marie Curie Individual Fellowship from the Horizon 2020 program of European Union.
Hugot Price from the Hugot Fundation, Collège de France, Paris (France).
“Attaché Temporaire d’Enseignement et de Recherche” Fellowship from Collège de France, Paris (France).
“For women in science” National Award from L’Oréal and l'UNESCO, Paris (France).
Doctoral Fellowship from French Direction General de l’Armement (DGA), Ministry of Defense (France).
For a list of scientific publications and outreach activities, see the corresponding pages on this website.